When Rosie arrives in the UK from Down Under, she feels all alone and down in the dumps especially as it is so cold and rainy. But when she opens her suitcase to find her favourite notebook to write about her journey, she discovers that there is more than she bargained for in her old battered suitcase. It is full of stowaways! One by one, a friendly collection of Australian animals leap into Rosie’s arms and snuggle up close to make her feel at home: a bouncy kangaroo, a cuddly koala, a giggling kookaburra. But will Rosie and her animal pals fit in? Can they make new friends, as they share amazing stories about wildlife, Aussie-style?
Roo in my Suitcase was a show celebrating newness, difference, and friendship, through poetry, songs and plenty of joining in!
Written and performed by Rosemary Harris, the production featured an exquisite selection of Australian animals designed and made by Catherine Grimaldi.
Roo in my Suitcase was the first work in the Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word performances about migration for young audiences, developed by Papertale in association with Half Moon Theatre and toured nationally as part of Half Moon Presents.
Rosemary Harris is a spoken word artist who has collaborated with Half Moon to produce four shows, including a trilogy about child migration (A Roo in My Suitcase, One Way Ticket and Map Of Me). Here she talks about the value of the opportunity to tour work through Half Moon Presents, the producing arm of the company.
Rosemary Harris describes the type of work she has been able to develop with Half Moon and why she sees it as a unique collaboration. Interviewed by Beccy Allen.